Dr. Michael Binford
Dr. Michael W. Binford
Areas of Specialization
- Macrosystems Biogeography
- Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Applications in Environmental Systems
- Land-Water Interactions
- Landscape Dynamics, especially Land-Cover/Land-Use Change
- Paleoecology, Paleolimnology and Paleoclimatology
- PhD in Zoology and Geology, Indiana University, 1980
- M.S. in Fisheries Biology, Louisiana State University, 1975
- B.S. in Biology, Kansas State University, 1973
- GEO 4037/5134C Remote Sensing
- GEO 4300/5305 Environmental Biogeography
- GEO 2200 Physical Geography
- GEO 4120 Aerial Photo Interpretation
- GEO 5159 G.I.S. Applications in Environmental systems
Current Graduate Students
Recent Graduate Students
In My Own Words
I am a physical geographer, biogeographer and landscape ecologist specializing in the study of environmental systems, or human-environment interactions. He has published papers on the effects of climate variability on cultural rise and collapse, agroecosystem bases for sustainable agriculture, environmental systems as a basis for landscape planning and ecological restoration, and technical aspects of measuring lake sedimentation rates. The research requires spatial approaches, and uses Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing techniques extensively. The work also involves collaboration with anthropologists, archaeologists, ecosystem modelers, geologists, economists, and planners. Recent NSF and NASA-funded research examines how people live around protected areas in East and Southern Africa, and how land ownership influences carbon uptake and storage in the southeastern U.S. coastal plain.
Dr. Binford became department chair in August of 2011, and has focused on his administrative role since then.
Cassidy, L.1, J. Southworth, C. Gibbes, and M.W. Binford. In press. Beyond classifications: combining continuous and discrete approaches to land cover change analyses within the Lower Mekong River Region. International Journal of Remote Sensing. Revised, to be published May 2013, Vol. 39:26-45.
Staub, C.G., Binford, M.W. & Stevens, F.R., 2013. Elephant herbivory in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi. African Journal of Ecology, DOI:10.1111/aje.12064.
Gaughan, A.E. F.R. Stevens, C. Gibbes, J. Southworth & M.W. Binford, 2012. Linking vegetation response to seasonal precipitation in the Okavango–Kwando–Zambezi catchment of southern Africa. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33(21), pp.6783–6804.
Pricope, N.G. and M.W. Binford. 2012. A spatio-temporal analysis of fire recurrence and extent for semi-arid savanna ecosystems in Southern Africa using moderate resolution satellite imagery. Journal of Environmental Management. 100:72-85
Van Holt, Tracy, C. Moreno, M. Binford, K. Portier, S. Mulsow, and T. Frazer. 2012. The influence of landscape change on a nearshore fishery in southern Chile. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02674.x
Urdaz-Rodríguez, J., G. Fosgate, A.R. Alleman, O. Rae, A. Donovan. M.W. Binford, A. Zaragoza, P. Melendez. 2012. Association between ecological factors and the presence of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus larvae in Puerto Rico. Exp. Appl. Acarol. DOI 10.1007/s10493-012-9573-6. Published online 26 May 2012.
Patarasuk, R. & Binford, M.W., 2012. Longitudinal analysis of the road network development and land-cover change in Lop Buri province, Thailand, 1989–2006. Applied Geography, 32(2), pp.228-239.
Cassidy, L., M.W. Binford, J. Southworth, and G.Barnes. 2010. Social and ecological factors and land-use land-cover diversity in two provinces in southeast Asia. Journal of Land Use Science. 5:277-306. Online version doi:10.1080/1747423X.2010.500688. http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/1747423X.2010.500688.
Southworth, J., J. Hartter, M. W Binford, A. Goldman, C. A Chapman, L. J Chapman, P. Omeja, and E. Binford. 2010. Parks, people and pixels: evaluating landscape effects of an East African national park on its surroundings. Tropical Conservation Science 3, no. 2: 122–142.
Rivero, R.G. et al., 2007. Spectral Inferential Modeling of Soil Phosphorus Using Hybrid Geostatistical Methods.
Jensen, R. R., and M. W. Binford. 2004. Measurement and Comparison of Leaf Area Index Estimators Derived from Satellite Remote Sensing Techniques. International Journal of Remote Sensing 25 (20): 4251-4265.
Tugend, K. I., M. S. Allen, and M. W. Binford. 2004. Potential Use of Remote Sensing to Assess Effects of Wave Action on Plant Re-Establishment. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 42: 54-60.
Hartter, J., J. Southworth, M.W. Binford. 2009. Parks as a Mechanism to Maintain and Facilitate Recovery of Forest Cover: Examining Reforestation, Forest Maintenance and Productivity in Uganda. Ch. 12 (pp 275 – 296) in Nagrenda, H., and J. Southworth. Reforested landscapes. Springer Landscape Series.
Felkner, J. S., and M. W. Binford. 2002. Modeling a Soil Moisture Index Using Geographic Information System in a Developing Country Context. In Handbook of Water Sensitive Planning and Design, ed. R. France, 513-538. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Hill, K., and M. W. Binford. 2002. The Role of Category Definition in Habitat Models: Practical and Logical Limitations of Using Boolean, Indexed, Probabilistic and Fuzzy Categories. In Predicting Species Occurrences: Issues of Scale and Accuracy, ed. J. M. Scott, P. J. Heglund, F. Samson, J. Haufler, M. Morrison, M. Raphael, and B. Wall, 97-106. Washington: Island Press.
Binford, M.W., 2008. Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can’t Predict the Future (review). Southeastern Geographer, 48(2), pp.255-258.